10 cool cars that have been (or will be) given a new lease of life… as crossovers

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We are definitely living in interesting times for the automotive industry. In addition to tons of money pouring into electrification, infrastructure and new bespoke platforms, there is another trend that is sweeping the entire industry by storm; crossings. Frankly speaking, there’s hardly a single automaker right now that isn’t doing a crossover of some type. Some have more than one, and some have way too many to count.



It is very good. Even though most enthusiasts aren’t particularly…well, excited about the endless swarm of crossovers, they’re what’s selling right now, so it’s pretty much inevitable. Where things really start to spark discussion and outrage is when automakers transform iconic nameplates, typically found on the back of normal cars or even performance cars, onto crossovers. Now, sure, there are performance crossovers we’d buy over some performance cars, but we can already hear the forks…

ten Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

If putting legacy nameplates on crossovers was a cult thing, this car would be the leader. Launched in 2017 as a supposed replacement for the ASX, as they are both in the exact same class and basically the same size, the Eclipse Cross is obviously named after one of Mitsubishi’s most iconic performance cars of the 90s and 2000s.

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Normally we’d gloss over the fact that this is a crossover if it was any good, but it really isn’t. It didn’t replace the ASX, as Mitsubishi is probably preparing a 57th facelift for this car, and it’s outdated and not so well done. It has some good features, however. If you’re going to wear such a prestigious badge, at least try to honor it a bit.

9 Ford Puma

The latest Ford Puma has an identical story to the aforementioned Eclipse Cross. The Ford Puma was a small, front-wheel-drive sports coupe sold by Ford of Europe in the late 90s and early 2000s. This car has quite a loyal following these days, so there was definitely excitement when Ford announced the return of the nameplate.

Then they revealed the overwhelming disappointment; it would be a compact crossover based on the Fiesta. Fortunately, unlike the Eclipse Cross, the new Puma is actually really good. It inherits all the best qualities of the Fiesta in a more attractive crossover package. There’s also the Puma ST, which is about 10 times better than any small crossover has a right to be, and of course, the Puma’s next stint in the WRC.

8 Chevy Blazer

General Motors’ poor decision-making is evident, perhaps most prominently, here. The Chevrolet Blazer returned for 2019… as a crossover with essentially the same dimensions as the Equinox. There’s nothing wrong with Chevy’s sales pitch here, as they tout the Blazer as the crossover version of the Camaro.

However, in Chevy’s world, Blazer means something entirely different. A rugged, rugged body-on-frame SUV designed to absolutely destroy off-road courses. With the off-road SUV market exploding right now and with the return of legends like the Land Rover Defender and Ford Bronco, Chevy has definitely missed an opportunity here.

seven Citroen C5 X

For 16 years, Citroën’s answer to midsize family sedans, or the D-segment in Europe, has been the C5. The 2001 model got off to a somewhat rocky start, but the second generation introduced in 2007 showed that Citroën shouldn’t be taken for a joke. Now, a few years after the old C5 ceased production, the nameplate is back.

Truth be told, it’s not even a crossover SUV, but rather a crossover of several segments. It has the high driving properties of an SUV, the length of a sedan, but the rear styling and practicality of a station wagon. Fortunately, Citroën has done a fantastic job here, and we’re really curious to see how the new C5 X performs.

6 Citroen C4

It seems that Citroën has a penchant for this sort of thing. The C4 was launched in the mid-2000s as a competitor to the VW Golf and Honda Civic. For the most part, he did a solid job, although he struggled in some areas. For 2020, Citroën has revived the C4 nameplate, but this time they’ve put it on a coupe crossover.

Even if the styling doesn’t suggest it, the C4 is still a competitor to the VW Golf and Honda Civic, but it does things a little differently. Again, that’s how Citroën has always done things, so it’s no surprise. If comfort is at the top of your list of priorities for a new hatchback, it’s hard to argue with this one.

5 Renault Megane

Renault’s humble Mégane has always done a fantastic job of providing the C-segment buyer with just about everything they need for a more affordable price, at least compared to the competition. The gasoline-powered Megane is gearing up for the history books, because the latest isn’t just a crossover, it’s a electric crossing.

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In a surprising move, the Renault Megane is now fully electric, and very soon you won’t be able to buy the petrol version. With a tailor-made platform and fairly substantial autonomy figures, the Mégane E-Tech seems to have a bright future ahead of it.

4 Ford Mustang Mach-E

These days, it’s common for new cars to be criticized, for a variety of reasons. The outcry over the appearance of the Mustang name on an electric crossover has certainly upset some people, to say the least.

At its core, the Mustang Mach-E is just an electric crossover, but one that aims to channel regular Mustang DNA into its driving dynamics and performance, even though the two are totally disparate. Even though people were upset at first, they realized that Ford had done a fantastic job, because the Mustang Mach-E is one of the most complete electric vehicles on the market today, until channeling this DNA.

3 Opel/Vauxhall badges

Now we enter the “will” category. Since 2017, the Insignia has been Opel/Vauxhall’s D-segment offering throughout Europe. In an age of crossovers and more and more crossovers, it’s nice that this automaker offers a traditional sedan and station wagon.

However, this generation of Insignia is not too long for this world. For now, it’s the only Opel model that uses GM underpinnings, even though the automaker is now under the Stellantis umbrella. It’s rumored to return in 2024 as a top-level crossover, much like the Citroën C5 X it will be based on.

2 Toyota Crown

Most Westerners are probably unfamiliar with the Toyota Crown. Toyota has been offering luxury models in Japan for a very long time, even before Lexus became a thing, and the Crown is just one of those names that has stuck.

The closest approximation to the Crown would be the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, etc. For most of its life it was a traditional three-box sedan, but that seems to be changing. According to recent patent leaks, the next Crown will remain a sedan, but it will also be a high-rider with black plastic trim. It’s one of many exciting models that Toyota is already releasing this year.


1 Jeep Cherokee

Unlike the others, this one blurs the lines a bit. The Jeep Cherokee nameplate has been around for decades, and the generation everyone knows the name of, the XJ, actually used unibody construction. In that regard, the XJ Cherokee was a crossover long before crossovers were a thing.

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But still, the original Cherokee was much more utilitarian and rugged, not to mention incredibly simple in design. The new one has become all soft and crossed. Not necessarily a bad thing, but definitely a different thing compared to the XJ model, which everyone still loves a lot.

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